I was very fortunate to be invited to a Pacific Symphony concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine for Independence Day. I was really excited about taking pictures of fireworks after the concert. A number of sites had tips on taking photos of fireworks, and despite not having a tripod with me, I hoped that resting my camera somewhere would provide enough stability. Unfortunately, I ended up taking a lot of pictures of smoke. I’m not sure if I was just too close to the fireworks, but I was really disappointed in the results.